Knowledge Center: Hi all readers! We already know that before eating we are strongly encouraged to read the prayer. The goal is for God to bless our food. But as ordinary people sometimes we forget to pray before eating. If we experience such conditions, what should we do?
As usual, before I answer the question above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ الله عَنْهَا قَالَتْ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا أَكَلَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلْيَذْكُرِ اسْمَ اللهِ تَعَالَى فِيْ أَوَّلِهِ , فَإِنْ نَسِيَ أَنْ يَذْكُرَ اسْمَ اللهِ تَعَالَى فِيْ أَوَّلِهِ فَلْيَقُلْ : بِسْمِ اللهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ
From Aishah radliyallahu ‘anha, she said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “If any of you eat, then he should say the name of Allah Ta’ala in the beginning. If he forgets to say the name of Allah Ta’ala at the beginning, then he should say, “In the name of Allah” at the beginning and at the end.”
All Readers! In the hadith above explained, that if we forget to pray before eating, then we are encouraged to keep praying if we remember it. The prayer is as follows;
In the name of Allah .
That’s a brief explanation of the solution if we forget to pray before eating. Now we also understand the urgency of praying before eating.
There is one more important point I want to say in the discussion about eating. That a person is strongly recommended to use his right hand when he eats. The reason is because the right hand is a hand that is not used for worms. We can find this information in the following hadith;
عَنْ عُمَرٍ بِنْ أَبِيْ سَلَمَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : قَالَ لِيْ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : سَمِّ اللهَ وَكُلْ بِيَمِيْنِكَ
From Umar bin Abi Salamah radliyallahu ‘anhuma, he said, “Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Say the name of Allah and eat with your right hand.”
That’s a brief explanation of the solution if we forget to pray before eating. May be useful! Amen!
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